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Full Show: Travel Ban Upheld, And Improving Houston’s Walkability (June 26, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Supreme Court upholds Pres. Trump's travel ban. We discuss efforts to make Houston a more walkable environment. Then, new research helps us understand how memories are stored. And a new book captures the beauty (and eeriness) of some of the Lone Star State’s most interested abandoned buildings.

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Full Show: Maternal Mortality Rates, And New Year’s Resolutions For Houston (Jan. 4, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We take a closer look at some discrepancies in maternal mortality numbers in Texas. Plus, we discuss what our collective New Year’s resolutions should be for Houston. Then, we find out how some of Houston's major transportation decisions were made over the years. And we learn about Houston's downtown tunnels.

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Study Examines How and Where ‘Near-Misses’ Happen on Houston Roads

Posted on · (Above: An illustration of some common “near-misses” Houston cyclists and pedestrians face on Houston roads. Images Courtesy: Kinder Institute for Urban Research.) We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads – moments where we just dodged an accident. It could be a host of things, from changing lanes and not realizing there was someone in your […]

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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Designs That Will Make Streets Safe for Pedestrians

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent. HPD admits that’s higher than the total for all of […]

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Pedestrian Safety, and Finding Healthy Food When Eating Out: Wednesday’s Show (January 4, 2017)

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians  who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent,  HPD admits thats higher than the total for all […]

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How Can Houston Suburbs Improve?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research examines ways Houston suburbs can improve. The study is based on five case studies of Houston suburbs, including Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Kyle Shelton, the man behind the research, joins us to discuss how our idea of suburbs has changed over time and […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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What Construction Trends Tell Us About Houston Neighborhoods

Posted on · Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has released a new study examining construction trends across Harris County. It’s called “Houston in Flux: Understanding a Decade of Bayou City Development.” We learn more about it from two of the institute’s researchers: Kelsey Walker and Kyle Shelton. The researchers spent a lot of time digging through Harris County […]